Engage Your Readers with Emotion

While writers might disagree over showing versus telling or plotting versus pantsing, none would argue this: If you want to write strong fiction, you must make your readers feel. The reader’s experience must be an emotional journey of its own, one as involving as your characters’ struggles, discoveries, and triumphs are for you.

That’s where The Emotional Craft of Fiction comes in. Veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor Donald Maass shows you how to use story to provoke a visceral and emotional experience in readers. Topics covered include:

  • emotional modes of writing
  • beyond showing versus telling
  • your story’s emotional world
  • moral stakes
  • connecting the inner and outer journeys
  • plot as emotional opportunities
  • invoking higher emotions, symbols, and emotional language
  • cascading change
  • story as emotional mirror
  • positive spirit and magnanimous writing
  • the hidden current that makes stories move

Readers can simply read a novel…or they can experience it. The Emotional Craft of Fiction shows you how to make that happen.

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This article has 2 comments

  1. Ned Barnett

    The Single Most Distinctive Writing Book I’ve Ever Read I’ve been a professional writer since ’72, and have been reading how-to books on writing (and taking classes) to improve my craft, for nearly as long. Over this long time, I have quite literally never come across a book like this before. Don Maass, a New York literary agent, writes about how to evoke emotional responses in readers – not in characters (though he covers that, too). Instead, he makes the case that having characters experience emotions doesn’t always trigger that in readers (in…

  2. Shelbel

    First with your head, then with your heart. After being told for years that I should “just sit down write a novel”, I decided to do just that; sit down and write a novel. Surprise! It doesn’t work like that–although in my Aspie brain I was certain that it worked like that for every other writer on the planet and I was just intrinsically, and irreparably, lacking.Surely, I thought, there must be a book or two on how to write books? I can’t possibly be the only person in the world who can’t pound out best-selling…

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